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Hey animal lovers! I just signed up for the Farm Sanctuary’s San Diego Walk for Farm Animals in October with some buddies from my vegan cooking club. I’m so excited! I’ve only recently started getting involved in animal advocacy activities. This will be the biggest event I’ve participated in and I just can’t wait!
About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Santuary rescues farm animals that have been discarded in stockyard “dead” piles, left on the side of the road, escaped, or reported as needing rescue by concerned citizens. They are provided sanctuary and given medical care, to be nursed back to health and live in an environment that is as close to their natural one as is possible. Farm Sanctuary has rescued and provided shelter for thousands of animals since it’s creation in 1986.
Farm Sanctuary also spends time and resources legally advocating for animals, doing their best to outlaw cruel practices on factory farms. They were critical in getting gestation crates banned in California, Arizona and Florida. Additionally, Farm Sanctuary has thousands visitors to the New York and California shelters each year so they can meet the rescued animals and hear their stories in an effort to spread awareness. Farm Sanctuary also creates educational materials that volunteers (like me!) can give out at events to help inform the public of the harmful truth of factory farming.
Michael, a dairy calf, narrowly missed being sold at auction for veal or cheap beef. Male calves of dairy cows are considered too costly to feed and raise, so they are taken from their mothers within a few days of birth and sold off or killed.
Fortunately for baby Michael, the farmer held him back from a group of calves because she felt there was something special about him. Michael’s story got around thanks to word of mouth and social media, and eventually animal rescuer Mike Stura caught wind of it. Mike used his own money and time to buy a transport trailer and pick up Michael just as the auction truck was arriving to take him to market.
Michael was treated for diarrhea and giardia at the Melrose Small Animal Hospital. He is now learning to be part of the herd, and will be mothered by one of the female cows at the sanctuary.
About The Walk for Farm Animals
The Walk for Farm Animals provides critical funds for Farm Sanctuary, and it gives the animal advocacy community an event to come together and show our love and support for animals in a public way.
Our team is aiming to raise $500 or more. The money goes towards supporting Farm Sanctuary’s of rescue, sanctuary, legal advocacy, education and awareness. To give you an idea of how much donations make a huge difference (even the little ones!) here’s a breakdown of what your money can do:
- $10 feeds three chickens for a whole month
- $15 provides critical antibiotics for one sheep
- $30 feeds one piggy for a whole month
- $50 gives clean bedding to two cows for a whole month
As you can see, donations even as small as $5 make a huge difference in the life of these animals. If you want to help my team reach our goal of $500, go to my fundraising page and make a contribution!
Every little bit helps!
You may notice over the coming weeks ads appearing on the site. I have officially started to monetize in order to take the first big, exciting, scary step towards being able to be a full-time blogger/author someday. (Yay dreams!)
I will be playing with placement and content to find the optimal mix. I’m also still in the process of tweaking the structure and features of the site to be where I want it to be. This is taking forever because I can’t afford a developer right now so I’m left trying to figure out php on my own. It’s slow-going but I’m getting there!
Please be patient with me in the coming weeks or months, particularly in regards to the Google Adsense ones (currently placed at the bottom of posts, but that may change!). Some ads may have content that is not vegan-friendly as Google and I get to know each other better. I will do my best to block content that I don’t like, but it may take some time to find the sweet spot and will likely never be perfect. If I find too much stuff I don’t like is getting through, I will take them down.
The ads on the right-hand side of the site are all companies that I personally buy from and love. They don’t pay out as well as other companies but I’m doing my best to try to only promote products that I myself use and can recommend.
I hope to be able to move to sponsored ads or no ads in the future by creating ebooks and online programs, but for right now I need the extra income to help me manage server/hosting fees, site development costs, money on equipment and ingredients, etc., not to mention pay off my debt and build up some savings so that I can one day take the thrilling leap into 24/7 entrepreneurship.
Hey everyone! I’m finally rockin’ out VeganSpin’s hot new design! Transitioning has been a LOT of work, so please be bare with me over the next week as I finish transferring over images and recipes from the old site, creating an about page and fixing any little bugs.
If you see anything amiss, or you have any questions, you can shoot me an email via my new Contact Page!
Love you guys, thank you for all the support and I look forward to what’s coming for VeganSpin in the near future!